Film Review | Unfriended

The Last Broadcast for the modern generation

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Directed By: Levan Gabriadze

Starring: Shelly Henning, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson. Heather Sossaman, Mickey River, Cal Barnes.

Charting a real-time chat between 6 friends and a mystery stranger posing as the former classmate that died a year earlier you spend pretty much all the films 83 minutes run time, watching a Skype call between the group, but surprisingly the film is both more interesting and scarier is sound, in fact, I would put this forward as the best horror film of the year so far, all the more impressive for a film made on a budget of $1 million.

The tension in this film builds well throughout and the jump scares aren’t as cheesy and forced as with most found footage/mockumentary films, they fit well in the group dynamic, in fact, you even forgive the blatant product placement from brands such as Facebook, Skype, Spotify and Gmail, as they add to the realism of the film and fits well with the concept that we aren’t as safe behind screens as we think we are.

With the rise of internet trolling and depersonalisation, people have developed a sense of safety behind their screens, feeling that they are able to say and do things to others that they wouldn’t in person, that is why this film feels distinctly of its time when the ghost of a girl pushed to commit suicide, comes back to exact revenge on those who have wronged her.

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The film isn’t without its faults however, some reveals can be seen a mile off and you spend a long time watching stuff get typed and then deleted, much to the annoyance of everyone watching, though overall these are minor complaints about a film that runs at a decent pace and leaves you not wanting to join a Skype chat with your friends any time soon.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgj4GjqCFlY

If You Like: The Last Broadcast, The Blair Witch Project, September Tapes

4 Panda

8 comments

  1. What a well-written review! I love the subject matter being dealt with here. Def of its time, as you say. I think we should all open up our eyes to the social dangers of internet chat rooms and so on. Yes, there certainly is a false sense of safety attached to them.

  2. I’ve stopped watching horror films at the cinema because they all got a bit boring and samey, but after reading this I’m gutted I missed seeing this one!

    1. It’s a strange concept, but really of its time, mixing cyber bullying and trolling, though I think this would be even better when watched through a laptop

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